News | The Transfer Test


Grammar schools are planning on having a single transfer test from November 2023 BBC NI News has reported.
Grammar-school boards of governors have been asked to decide whether to sign up to the plan by 3pm on 29th September 2021.

If agreed, it would bring to an end the current system of two separate tests run by the AQE and the PPTC and a new company called the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG) would be formed in October 2021 to run the transfer test.

PPTC GL Assessment

Registration has now opened for the PPTC's 2021-22 Entrance Assessment (GL).

The Registration Pack is available from the PPTC website or from PPTC Assessment Centres.


Registration for the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) opened today, Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 10am.
Registration closes at 5pm on Friday 24th September 2021.

Like last year this is an online process and the link to complete the online registration form is on the AQE's 2021/22 Registration Page.
Alternatively a hard copy (along with relevant guidance) is available to download and print at the bottom of the same page.

2021/22 AQE Registration opens at 10am on Tuesday 25th May 2021 and closes at 5.00pm on Friday 24th September 2021
Applications can be completed online via the AQE website throughout the opening period. Alternatively a hard copy will be available to download and print.
Further information, including Guidance Notes and Terms and Conditions, will be available on the AQE's website from Monday 24th May at the latest.

The AQE have today announced the dates for the 2021 assessments.

Saturday 20th Nov 2021: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper.
Saturday 27th Nov 2021: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper.
Saturday 4th Dec 2021: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper.

Dates for registration and further information on the assessments will be provided early next week.